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News media, community, faculty and staff to view Village at 115

Village at 115

Next week the outside world will begin getting a look at Case's brand new, $126-million residential and athletic complex. Members of the news media will tour the facility on Wednesday. On Thursday the university will host two open houses at the Village, one for faculty and staff from 2-4 p.m. and one for residents of the surrounding community from 7-9 p.m. Students will begin moving in Sunday, August 21.

Visitors will see a residential facility designed to be both environmentally sensitive and to meet the lifestyle needs of today's students. Nearly five years in planning and construction, the seven houses that make up the Village at 115 will feature amenities such as:

  • Suite sizes ranging from single rooms to nine-person suites, almost all with their own kitchen facilities.
  • Common rooms with large plasma TV screens and fireplaces in each house
  • An internal communications system that automatically alerts students when their laundry is ready
  • A Starbucks café and a convenience store
  • Music practice and individual study rooms
  • A 1,200-car parking garage.
  • A new multipurpose stadium with the latest in artificial turf for football and soccer, as well as new baseball and softball fields and a new track.

The complex wraps around the university's newly refurbished football field, so many students will be able to use their bedrooms or living rooms as loges for watching football games.

Visitors will also see a project designed and built to conserve energy and be friendly to the environment, with features such as:

  • An electrical distribution system that reduces power loss through the use of decentralized distribution systems.
  • Light shelves on the outside of windows that deflect sunlight during summer and reflects it inside during winter, thereby reducing heating and cooling costs.
  • Lighting in common areas and bathrooms that is controlled by motion detectors, reducing electricity waste and light bulb use.
  • Energy recovery units that transfer latent heat from exhaust air systems to preheat outside ventilation air.
  • Kiosks in which students can check their hall's consumption of gas, electricity and water, and compare it with older buildings on campus.

In addition the buildings in the complex have, wherever possible, been built using recycled materials, and about 60 percent of the construction waste has been recycled.

As exciting as the Village is, it is but the first step in the university's long-range plan to create a larger North Residential Village, which will house all undergraduates on the north side of campus. Next steps include creating a "fraternity row" along Bellflower, and replacing the existing residence halls on that part of campus.

More information about the Village at 115 is available at, while information on the university's master plan is available at


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Case is among the nation's leading research institutions. Founded in 1826 and shaped by the unique merger of the Case Institute of Technology and Western Reserve University, Case is distinguished by its strengths in education, research, service, and experiential learning. Located in Cleveland, Case offers nationally recognized programs in the Arts and Sciences, Dental Medicine, Engineering, Law, Management, Medicine, Nursing, and Social Work.